Karzai Heads to Turkey for Trilateral Summit

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President Hamid Karzai left Kabul for Turkey on Tuesday morning to attend a trilateral meeting between Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghan and Pakistan delegations, led respectively by the countries' presidents Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari, will arrive in Turkey's capital of Ankara to attend the three-day summit starting Wednesday.

The delegations also include communication and interior ministers, along with high-ranking military officials.

The summit will focus on strengthening economic and commercial cooperation through improving existing ties and developing new links of transportation between the three countries.

The first of the annual summits was held in Ankara in April 2007, focusing mainly on security issues in war-torn Afghanistan.

Karzai said on Saturday that he will be asking Pakistan about the assassination attempt against Afghan spy chief Asadullah Khalid.

He said that a full investigation into the attack is underway, but one thing is already known for sure - the bomber was from Pakistan and the plot was planned in Quetta.

Pakistan's Foreign Office has rejected Karzai's claim and said that instead of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan should investigate the security failure which gave the bomber a chance to infiltrate the high security zone area.

Khalid survived the Thursday afternoon suicide attack at a National Directorate of Security guesthouse in Kabul, but received substantial injuries to the lower part of his body.

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